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a computer error
▪ The mistake was caused by a computer error.
a fundamental mistake/error
▪ The government made at least one fundamental mistake when drawing up this legislation.
catalogue of errors
▪ an appalling catalogue of errors
compass error
▪ Their ship had sailed off course due to compass errors.
factual errors
▪ The report contained a number of factual errors.
fatal mistake/error
▪ Telling your employees they’re unimportant is a fatal error.
human error
▪ Investigators concluded that the crash was caused by human error.
pilot error (=a mistake by the pilot)
▪ The official report into the accident says that it was caused by pilot error .
tactical error/mistake/blunder (=a mistake that will harm your plans later)
▪ Injury to official reputation affords no more warrant for repressing speech that would otherwise be free than does factual error.
▪ There are some typographical and factual errors but these are minor blemishes.
▪ The review is filled with inconsistencies and factual errors.
▪ It had made the fatal error of overkill.
▪ This determination then leads him into his fatal error.
▪ It is a fatal error to assume that lowering the price makes an indifferent product saleable to a general market.
▪ Surely everyone knows the fatal errors of all those isms.
▪ The story of Britain's fighter development was more complex and was slowed by one fundamental error of scientific judgment.
▪ Tax studies purporting to show that most capital gains tax is paid by higher-income individuals reflect a fundamental error.
▪ He made the most fundamental error possible in tournament golf, signing a card containing a wrong score.
▪ Those changes relate to fundamental errors and adjustments resulting from changes in accounting policies.
▪ The critics are making a fundamental error in labelling this the start of a two-tier system.
▪ Increasing tare without restricting routes a fundamental error.
▪ However, by two grave tactical errors, they frittered away this supremacy without ever realising its value.
▪ It would be a grave error to oversimplify any of these outcomes.
▪ What sins, what meannesses, what grave errors I had committed in the previous ten years had been forgiven me.
▪ He had committed a grave error in lending his approval, together with that of the Church he represented, to the Exhibition.
▪ She had made - and with far less justification than her father - the same grave error as he.
▪ He explained that we had made a grave error - it was Saturday afternoon.
▪ But as we left the tarmac road and headed up the hill I made a grave error.
▪ Here indeed, I thought, must lie some of those sins, meannesses and grave errors.
▪ Once properly programmed, human error is almost entirely eradicated.
▪ Given the climate, these places are vulnerable, and far too easily affected by the least human error or natural misfortune.
▪ Some of the human errors can be reduced, especially in calculations. 3.
▪ He told the story of what had occurred as if it were a natural phenomenon, not mechanical failing or human error.
▪ Mis-matches between job requirements and people's capabilities provide for human error.
▪ The crashes have been attributed to a variety of problems, from human error to software glitches to mechanical failure.
▪ Automatic defrost is most desirable since it eliminates human error and is energy efficient.
▪ At the same time, computers helped sustained the trading frenzy prompted by human error.
▪ An unexpected internal error has occurred while processing your Client Details transaction.
▪ Data structure containing package and ancestors is empty An unexpected internal error has occurred while processing your request.
▪ Naval investigators have concluded that two of the crashes were caused by pilot error.
▪ If you skewered a Huey on a sharp stump during an assault, it was pilot error.
▪ Investigators blame the Feb. 22 crash of an F-14 into the Persian Gulf on pilot error.
▪ Initial press reports on the Dec. 20 accident focused on how pilot errors got the crew into a navigational jam.
▪ The usual verdict was pilot error.
▪ It is possible for an error to result in an improvement.
▪ The cost of possible error should be considered.
▪ The principles of measurement and possible sources of error of this technique have been described in detail.
▪ The system can only attempt to deal with possible errors of recognition or spelling.
▪ These five points do not cover all possible errors, but most spelling mistakes fall into one or more of these groups.
▪ It is possible that such errors however, are merely indicative of the same craftsman's readjustments.
▪ In view of these possible sources of error it is surprising that extrapolated profiles ever yield results of any value.
▪ This section then describes some validation parameters including accuracy and precision, random errors, calibration curves and noise.
▪ This involved initial tests of short and longer term random error and spiking recovery.
▪ But they had all made a serious error, himself included.
▪ To me this is a serious error, the source of all our troubles.
▪ The resource person may correct a serious error and repeat the phrase again but with no trace of disapproval or reproach.
▪ A serious error could easily result in every semi-conductor in the project being destroyed, possibly in spectacular fashion.
▪ This on its own is not a serious error.
▪ He had suddenly made a serious error.
▪ Night Effect causes serious bearing errors and interference between stations. 3.
▪ His memory may have been tarnished over the previous decade with the acknowledgement of his serious policy errors.
▪ Particularly small errors and omissions on my part.
▪ Market tolerance does not always require total visual perfection and graciously allows for a small range of error.
▪ External load torques, perhaps caused by friction, give rise to a small error in position when the motor is stationary.
▪ Panic seized him and he felt he was about to lose everything by a small error of judgment.
▪ But a small error in the procedure could easily leave her inoperable, or at least changed beyond recognition.
▪ Ray designed a system called Tierra that consisted of competing programs that were constantly being filled by mutation with small errors.
▪ However, there was one small but significant error.
▪ There may be a very small possibility for error in the practice of selecting information from the files for transmission to clients.
▪ There are also facilities to display the data's standard errors and select polynomial and rational functions.
▪ Thaler and Rosen reported several estimates with confidence limits around each, based on their standard errors.
▪ The reason for their very big standard errors become clearer from the specification of the leisure effects.
▪ Data are expressed as mean percentage of T cells binding from three replicate wells; lines represent standard errors.
▪ The bar lines denote standard errors.
▪ This gives a total of 16 out of 36 which could be solved using standard error correction algorithms.
▪ Additionally, the standard errors of the estimated coefficients are larger in Models 2 and 3 than in Model 1.
▪ Three pieces of daub were dated and provided an average age and standard error of 830 plus/minus 40 years.
▪ First, he made the tactical error of blaming the civil war on the ethnic groups in the north of the country.
▪ Could this have been a major tactical error on my part?
▪ However, by two grave tactical errors, they frittered away this supremacy without ever realising its value.
▪ No such variable - error code 26.
▪ He has blamed the losses on computer errors.
▪ A computer error moved a decimal place one unit to the right.
▪ It would only take a computer error or a mutiny by some of those manning the weapons to trigger a global war.
▪ A computer error knocked out the system for the second time in a month.
▪ Isn't it possible that there's been an error - a computer error, perhaps?
▪ Dictionary look-up methods give impressive error correction but require much greater storage and computation.
▪ The protocol incorporates yet another type of error correction and aspects of handling files.
▪ A licence agreement may specifically prohibit error correction so that all this provision does is to raise a presumption in favour of the lawful user.
▪ This is another interesting theoretical point, but probably of little consequence as far as error correction is concerned.
▪ This gives a total of 16 out of 36 which could be solved using standard error correction algorithms.
▪ The dictionary method gives much greater error correction performance, with greater storage requirements and computational cost.
▪ It doesn't have error correction or data compression and for £249, I'd expect these features to be standard.
▪ Such errors were studied, along with traditional error correction techniques.
▪ CorelDRAW can still bring up those strange Waldo error messages when you're using the Blend option.
▪ Write down any error messages you see, no matter how cryptic.
▪ Because a single stack is used, the following error messages do not exist.
▪ In Windows 95, you can copy details from most error messages and paste them into the Windows Notepad or Wordpad.
▪ Each of these are listed on a separate line after the error message.
▪ We got an error message, indicating there was no dial tone.
▪ It doesn't come up with irrational error messages and it's nice and simple to use.
▪ If the information entered into any field is invalid, an error message will be displayed at the foot of the page.
▪ The quality of many of these censuses is low, and error rates of 20 percent are not unusual.
▪ An Advertising Research Foundation study of 7, 000 survey interviews in 1975 discovered a 37 percent error rate.
▪ One is learning: the error rate decreases with practice: each line illustrates a decrease in the error rate since starting.
▪ Six months later, when we published error rates for each supervisor, it fell to 8 percent.
▪ One is learning: the error rate decreases with practice: each line illustrates a decrease in the error rate since starting.
▪ The error rates were about the same with both versions, too.
▪ That would make the error rate enormous, and the time involved prohibitive.
▪ The lexical look-up technique is preferable to statistical methods since it does not have a built-in error rate and guarantees lexical output.
▪ As has already been indicated, delay can be caused by professional errors.
▪ Naval investigators have concluded that two of the crashes were caused by pilot error.
▪ He said in his opinion the accident was caused through driver error.
▪ Over time, in a certain percentage of cells, that mutation caused further errors.
▪ Often one simple fault, for example an incorrect protection on a storage account, can cause many errors to be reported.
▪ If the patient is already speaking, the electricity merely causes errors.
▪ Night Effect causes serious bearing errors and interference between stations. 3.
▪ The official report into the accident which killed David Kay and his wife Margaret says it was caused by pilot error.
▪ He had committed a grave error in lending his approval, together with that of the Church he represented, to the Exhibition.
▪ He watched Offerman commit 139 errors, including a major-league high 35 last season in 115 games.
▪ On this point it seems that the Literary Digest Poll and others committed two errors.
▪ He also committed 27 errors -- second in the league -- but many were due to inexperience.
▪ He also commits the cardinal error of underestimating his audience.
▪ Gagne has committed 40 errors over the last three seasons.
▪ Between them the two women served 27 double-faults and committed 124 unforced errors.
▪ And he committed just 15 errors.
▪ Some sources, especially primary ones, may contain statements made in error.
▪ Of these, approximately 5 % contained errors and were rejected by the system.
▪ Thus no syntactically correct program in our restricted version occam can contain an execution error.
▪ In a vision given to one of his followers, the Heavenly Father stated that the Bible contained errors.
▪ Consequently, age data contain a considerable error component that differs among surveys.
▪ Improved computer-editing proceedings have been developed and implemented in the surveillance system which identify measurements that may contain errors.
▪ The full-page adverts contain an extremely embarrassing error.
▪ The machinist on the shop floor could detect but not correct the error.
▪ He also found that in many instances children were able to correct their own errors when their attention was drawn to them.
▪ That is, rather than correcting their errors, I model the strategies readers use when they encounter these problems.
▪ The resource person may correct a serious error and repeat the phrase again but with no trace of disapproval or reproach.
▪ WordPerfect allows you to correct this type of error quickly and easily.
▪ If not detected and corrected this error would have priced the said products out of the market.
▪ Congress now has a chance to correct its grievous error.
▪ Scrolled areas alternatively contain error columns which are used to display input errors.
▪ Their price of £4,000 to anyone who could find a typographical error in their works remains unclaimed to this day.
▪ Blaine says he was let go because he had found Vial in error on anatomical matters.
▪ The court is not allowed to peer inside at the meanings assigned to those elements, except to find a non-jurisdictional error.
▪ I can find no errors of shape, proportion or poise - full marks for accuracy.
▪ On finding that a printing error had left four blank pages in the 44 page booklet, I wrote to Hyperion.
▪ I could find only one minor error, which reflects the quality of this book.
▪ Belief in one's hypothesis has been found to lead to errors in observing and in recording the results of experiments.
▪ The student should make notes of his errors and work on them.
▪ About 80 percent of normal subjects make this error.
▪ But they had all made a serious error, himself included.
▪ More important, no changes are made in the system to eliminate the possibility of another pilot making the same error.
▪ Even if firms were completely market orientated, they would still make errors of judgement from time to time.
▪ The Padres made three errors in the sixth, helping the struggling Rockies to four runs and a 4-1 lead.
▪ It was a risk, and she'd already made one monumental error of character judgement.
▪ The recall made them pay for that mistake and sent out a terrible message about making an error in local politics.
▪ When two planes come closer than that, an error has occurred.
▪ An unexpected internal error has occurred while processing your Client Details transaction.
▪ Data structure containing package and ancestors is empty An unexpected internal error has occurred while processing your request.
▪ Mail transaction has failed An unexpected error has occurred while processing your mail transaction.
▪ The level of checking can be tuned to reduce the number of errors detected.
▪ This contribution cleans up echoes on telephone lines and reduces transmission errors on modems.
▪ This saves hours of time and greatly reduces errors caused by inaccurate key pressing.
▪ We feel it is worth noting how this particular problem was solved, using techniques to reduce the error after convergence.
▪ The coaches want to call every play and reduce their margin for error.
▪ The following messages report errors and should not occur.
▪ First Aid reported this as an error, saying I was missing crucial files needed to make the program run.
▪ The scanner checks this and reports any errors.
▪ The subjects were required to understand the sentences and report any errors they noticed.
by/through trial and error
▪ They learned to farm the land through trial and error.
▪ Each individual achieves his own style by trial and error.
▪ He learned everything just by trial and error.
▪ I did the tutorial that came with the package deal and learned a lot through trial and error.
▪ In any case, they were confident these minor bugs could be worked out through trial and error.
▪ It pointed out that: Everything seems to be done by trial and error.
▪ Science progresses by trial and error.
▪ Some had to learn by trial and error.
▪ These are things we learn by trial and error.
margin for error
▪ A birdie is rare indeed at Aldeburgh where there is virtually no margin for error, especially if the wind blows.
▪ Her margin for error shrinks to two or three seconds.
▪ Next week, with or without Young in the lineup, the 49ers know their margin for error will be dramatically reduced.
▪ That meant there was no margin for error.
▪ The margins for error on a smallholding are extremely narrow; only a skilled and diligent husbandman can hope to succeed.
▪ The coaches want to call every play and reduce their margin for error.
▪ They repeat the errors of the past, until finally their margin for error has been all but eroded.
margin of error
▪ The poll has a margin of error of three percent.
▪ Because of the difficulties associated with radiocarbon dating, each new date is given a statistical margin of error.
▪ Obviously the figure is subject to a margin of error.
▪ Over two years of use, for more than 4,000 tests, it has never strayed beyond the permitted margin of error.
▪ The margin of error is plus or minus one percent.
▪ The poll has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.
▪ "It says in this advertisement that the exhibition opens at 10." "That's an error."
▪ a spelling error
▪ An error occurred in the processing of your application.
▪ Over 50 people were denied a vote through a computer error.
▪ She made very few typing errors.
▪ The report concluded that the accident was caused by human error.
▪ There seems to be an error in the data.
▪ Whenever I try to enter the data the computer gives me an error window.
▪ If the information entered into any field is invalid, an error message will be displayed at the foot of the page.
▪ Nobody really knows how Dionysius made such an error.
▪ Similarly, we may say that merely verbal errors can be corrected in standard ways.
▪ So we shall have copies of errors being duplicated in the population.
▪ The objective is to adjust weights so that the error in the output layer is reduced.
▪ The text is disfigured by irritating errors and sloppy proofreading.
▪ Until recently, their quest for the next best seller drug relied wholly on laborious physical trial and error.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Error \Er"ror\, n. [OF. error, errur, F. erreur, L. error, fr. errare to err. See Err.]

  1. A wandering; a roving or irregular course. [Obs.]

    The rest of his journey, his error by sea.
    --B. Jonson.

  2. A wandering or deviation from the right course or standard; irregularity; mistake; inaccuracy; something made wrong or left wrong; as, an error in writing or in printing; a clerical error.

  3. A departing or deviation from the truth; falsity; false notion; wrong opinion; mistake; misapprehension.

    His judgment was often in error, though his candor remained unimpaired.

  4. A moral offense; violation of duty; a sin or transgression; iniquity; fault.
    --Ps. xix. 12.

  5. (Math.) The difference between the approximate result and the true result; -- used particularly in the rule of double position.

  6. (Mensuration)

    1. The difference between an observed value and the true value of a quantity.

    2. The difference between the observed value of a quantity and that which is taken or computed to be the true value; -- sometimes called residual error.

  7. (Law.) A mistake in the proceedings of a court of record in matters of law or of fact.

  8. (Baseball) A fault of a player of the side in the field which results in failure to put out a player on the other side, or gives him an unearned base.

    Law of error, or Law of frequency of error (Mensuration), the law which expresses the relation between the magnitude of an error and the frequency with which that error will be committed in making a large number of careful measurements of a quantity.

    Probable error. (Mensuration) See under Probable.

    Writ of error (Law), an original writ, which lies after judgment in an action at law, in a court of record, to correct some alleged error in the proceedings, or in the judgment of the court.
    --Bouvier. Burrill.

    Syn: Mistake; fault; blunder; failure; fallacy; delusion; hallucination; sin. See Blunder.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also, through 18c., errour; c.1300, "a deviation from truth made through ignorance or inadvertence, a mistake," also "offense against morality or justice; transgression, wrong-doing, sin;" from Old French error "mistake, flaw, defect, heresy," from Latin errorem (nominative error) "a wandering, straying, a going astray; meandering; doubt, uncertainty;" also "a figurative going astray, mistake," from errare "to wander" (see err). From early 14c. as "state of believing or practicing what is false or heretical; false opinion or belief, heresy." From late 14c. as "deviation from what is normal; abnormality, aberration." From 1726 as "difference between observed value and true value."\n

\nWords for "error" in most Indo-European languages originally meant "wander, go astray" (for example Greek plane in the New Testament, Old Norse villa, Lithuanian klaida, Sanskrit bhrama-), but Irish has dearmad "error," from dermat "a forgetting."


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The state, quality, or condition of being wrong. 2 (context countable English) A mistake; an accidental wrong action or a false statement not made deliberately. vb. 1 (context computing English) To function improperly due to an error, especially accompanied by error message. 2 (context telecommunications English) To show or contain an error or fault. 3 (context nonstandard English) To err.

  1. n. a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults" [syn: mistake, fault]

  2. inadvertent incorrectness [syn: erroneousness]

  3. a misconception resulting from incorrect information [syn: erroneous belief]

  4. (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed [syn: misplay]

  5. departure from what is ethically acceptable [syn: wrongdoing]

  6. (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer [syn: computer error]

  7. part of a statement that is not correct; "the book was full of errors" [syn: mistake]


An error (from the Latin error, meaning "wandering") is an action which is inaccurate or incorrect. In some usages, an error is synonymous with a mistake (for instance, a cook who misses a step from a recipe might describe it as either an error or a mistake), though in technical contexts the two are often distinguished. For instance, in statistics "error" refers to the difference between the value which has been computed and the correct value.

Error (baseball)

In baseball statistics, an error is an act, in the judgment of the official scorer, of a fielder misplaying a ball in a manner that allows a batter or baserunner to advance one or more bases or allows an at bat to continue after the batter should have been put out.

The term error can also refer to the play during which an error was committed.

Error (band)

Error is a digital hardcore band founded in 2003 by 12 Rounds member and Nine Inch Nails collaborator Atticus Ross, and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Since the 2004 release of their self-titled EP, the project has been on hiatus.

Error (Error EP)

Error is the self-titled debut EP by Error, released by Epitaph Records in 2004. Although not an official member, Greg Puciato of the Dillinger Escape Plan was asked to record vocals for the EP, as the band was without a vocalist at the time.

Error (disambiguation)

An error is a mistake.

Error may also refer to:

Error (linguistics)

In Applied linguistics, an error is a deviation from accepted rules of a language made by a learner of a second language. Such errors result from the learner's lack of knowledge of correct rules of the target language. A significant distinction is generally made between errors and mistakes which are not treated the same from a linguistic viewpoint. The study of learners' errors was the main area of investigation by linguists in the history of second-language acquisition research.

Error (song)

Error is the debut single of the German singer-songwriter Madeline Juno from her album The Unknown, and is part of the soundtracks of the movies Fack ju Göhte and Pompeii. It competed in Unser Song für Dänemark, the German national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Error (VIXX EP)

Error is the second mini-album by the South Korean boy band VIXX. It was released on October 14, 2014 under the label of Jellyfish Entertainment. It features the single of the same name. The song, along with its music video was also released in Japan in Japanese under CJ Victor Entertainment as their Japanese debut. The song was then finally released in China and Taiwan in Chinese through QQ and in Taiwan through KKBOX.


(T)ERROR is an American 2015 documentary film directed by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe. The film follows undercover FBI informant Saeed "Shariff" Torres as he engages in a sting operation targeting a white Muslim man named Khalifah Ali Al-Akili. The film won the Special Jury Award for Breakout First Feature at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered.

It is the first documentary to follow an active FBI case while in progress. This is the first film for Cabral and the second for Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe said the film's intention was to show informants and their targets, and focus on the "decisions, tactics and objectives of counterterrorism cases."

The film was renamed FBI Undercover when broadcast in the UK by the BBC as part of the Storyville series.

The story was also retold on This American Life.

Usage examples of "error".

We are willing to absolve you from them provided that first, with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, in our presence you abjure, curse and detest the said errors and heresies, and every other error and heresy contrary to the Catholic and Apostolic Church in the manner and form we will prescribe to you.

Eminences and of all faithful Christians this vehement suspicion justly conceived against me, I abjure with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, I curse and detest the said errors and heresies, and generally all and every error and sect contrary to the Holy Catholic Church.

And consequently I abjure all heresy, and renounce and revoke all who raise themselves against the Holy Roman and Apostolic Church, of whatever sect or error they be.

And consequently I abjure, detest, renounce and revoke every heresy which rears itself up against the Holy and Apostolic Church, of whatever sect or error it be, etc.

Instead of condemning his memory, he piously supposed, that the dying monarch had abjured the errors of Arianism, and recommended to his son the conversion of the Gothic nation.

But even if we were to assume that freedom of speech and freedom of the press were protected from abridgment on the part not only of the United States but also of the States, still we should be far from the conclusion that the plaintiff in error would have us reach.

The determination is rendered sharper and less liable to error by the addition of a few drops of acetic acid to convert the chromate into bichromate.

The student must be on his guard against adding a very large excess, which is the commoner error.

And, although amid the ever-growing degeneracy of mankind, this primeval word of revelation was falsified by the admixture of various errors, and overlaid and obscured by numberless and manifold fictions, inextricably confused, and disfigured almost beyond the power of recognition, still a profound inquiry will discover in heathenism many luminous vestiges of primitive Truth.

He was admonished of his error by the chief of the race of Seljuk, who dwelt in the territory of Bochara.

Though you cannot want sufficient calls to repentance for the many unwarrantable weaknesses exemplified in your behaviour to this wretch, so much to the prejudice of your own lawful family, and of your character, I say, though these may sufficiently be supposed to prick and goad your conscience at this season, I should yet be wanting to my duty, if I spared to give you some admonition in order to bring you to a due sense of your errors.

The zealous Hilary, who, from the peculiar hardships of his situation, was inclined to extenuate rather than to aggravate the errors of the Oriental clergy, declares, that in the wide extent of the ten provinces of Asia, to which he had been banished, there could be found very few prelates who had preserved the knowledge of the true God.

Wilson and Akre testified that the local station manager again reviewed the reports, found no errors, and scheduled them to run the following week.

The undertow of it all was what he saw as the imminent break-up of his marriage, and all because of that one careless, amateurish error on his own part.

I deplore to deprive these gentlemen of the entertainment to which they were looking forward, but unless you should prove of an excessive amiability I am afraid they must suffer with me the consequences of my error.